Plane Crash Near Yellowstone Park North Entrance


By Paul Johnson

Gardiner, Montana ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - A 54 year old male pilot was injured earlier this Monday morning when his single engine airplane crashed near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Al Nash with the Yellowstone National Park Service said the crash happened near a gravel road that is used by the local residents, not near any roadway that visitors use. It’s not known if any chemicals were on board at this time. The accident was reported shortly before 8:30 am near Gardiner, Montana.
Multiple callers reported that a small plane had crashed just north of the Gardiner Cemetery and east of Yellowstone Trail inside Yellowstone National Park.

The accident site is south of the publicly owned Gardiner Airport, which is outside the park boundary.

The seriously injured pilot was removed from the wreckage and transported by ambulance to the Gardiner Airport. He was transferred to the Summit Air Ambulance helicopter and taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment. His identity has not been released.

The plane is an Aero Commander agricultural aircraft. It is designed to carry a single pilot and no passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the accident, which is under investigation.

The Park County, Mont., Sheriff’s Office and Gardiner Ambulance joined Yellowstone National Park law enforcement rangers, firefighters, and a park ambulance in responding to the incident.

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